Phantoms of the Past: Slavery, Resistance, and Memory in the Atlantic World was an interdisciplinary collaboration between Huron University College (History and English/Cultural Studies), and Bath Spa University (History and English). The project placed undergraduate student researchers, faculty, and community scholars at the center of new transatlantic network that examines 18th and 19th-century slavery and antislavery through histories, texts, images, and cultural memory.
Our research questions:
How are interconnected histories of transatlantic slavery and antislavery remembered, forgotten, commemorated, and ignored? What are slavery’s sites of memory, and how does the meaning of memory shift over time? How can our research on slavery, history, and “sites of memory” shape our understanding of race, identity and freedom in contemporary Canada and Britain?
Phantoms of the Past has been supported by the W. Galen Weston Fund for British History at Huron; the Huron Pilot Research Fund; the RBC Fund for Community-based Learning; the Trish Fulton Community-Based Learning Fund at Huron; Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA); Bath Spa University; and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.